POSTED: 11:43 a.m. HST, May 13, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 03:39 p.m. HST, May 13, 2013
Small commuter airline Pacific Wings, which has been gradually pulling out of the Hawaii market, plans to cease operations in the islands in mid-June.
The carrier, which flies nine-seat Cessna Grand Caravan 208B turboprops, primarily served smaller markets in the state but no longer flies to Hana, Kalaupapa and Kamuela. It now only serves Honolulu, Kahului and Kona in addition to Hoolehua.
Its final day of service in Hawaii will be June 15.
Parent company Pacific Air Holdings, which is based in Mesa, Ariz., also operates New Mexico Airlines.
Pacific Wings was founded in 1974 in Las Vegas as charter operator Air Nevada Airlines. It began offering scheduled service in Hawaii in January 1998 out of its headquarters in Kahului. It relocated its headquarters to Mesa several years ago.
Mokulele Airlines and Island Air currently serve some of the state’s smaller markets with Hawaiian Airlines’ ’Ohana by Hawaiian planning to tap into that market later this year.